Operations Section Supervisor:

Winston-Salem North Carolina

Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Purpose of Position:

Establish organizational design and staffing consisting of high performance work teams which maximize production output. Insure new processes and equipment maximize effectiveness of high performance work teams. To direct the forming processes integral to the manufacture of fiber optic cable. Direct responsibility for process and personnel development as well as meeting and exceeding production standards. Direct and indirect responsibility for development and introduction of new products and improved equipment.


Major Responsibilities:


Ongoing Tasks:

• Insure safe working environment for all personnel. All equipment and processes must comply with OSHA requirements.

• Directly or indirectly supervises all personnel engaged in the production of Loose Tube and Drop cable. Direct reports consist of production team leaders. Coordinates resources to meet output, select, and uptime goals.

• Coordinates scheduling of all experimentation, preventive maintenance and related production equipment downtime.

• Responsible for meeting or exceeding quality specifications of fiber optic cables, and for adhering to all quality SPC requirements.

• Insures that the disciplinary process is administered fairly to both employees and the company on all shifts.

• Responsible for S.O.P., S.O.S., adherence, and maintenance procedures and documentation.

• Analyzes long-term and weekly production requirements vs. capabilities.

• Assists planning in determining schedule.

• Determines personnel level and maintains equal staffing on all shifts.

• Assist in preparing operation budget and forecast.

• Responsible for housekeeping and clean room program maintenance.

• Leads employee involvement teams related to training, documentation, and safety at the section level.

• Routine participation in department wareflow discussions/decisions to maximize throughput and minimize ware in process.

• Provide coaching and guidance to direct and motivate all associates in the department.


Project Tasks:

• Provide operational inputs for equipment/process design.

• Insure new processes and equipment meet all production requirements.

• Identify and insure safety compliance during project design, construction, and implementation phases.

• Implement appropriate procedures for daily production control.

• Coordinate training and certification of new personnel and re-training and certification of existing personnel to meet department standards.

• Identify and implement programs to improve section performance and/or reduce operating costs.

• Support new process/product development to meet market needs.


Travel Requirements:

Infrequent US travel- less then 5%


Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 

Typical hours


Required Skills:


Education & Experience Requirements:

• 5-7 years, Engineering/Manufacturing with experience leading a P&M workforce. 

• BS Degree in Technical Discipline , Business or Supply Chain

• Ability to comply with key select, uptime, output, spending, and other quality measures.

• Attitude, professionalism, and cooperation of production department.

• Demonstrate production adaptability and flexibility to market changes in product mix and new process development.

• The ability to initiate and implement improvements to the section’s performance operations, training, documentation, or safety.

• The ability to work as a constructive, contributing member of a multi-functional, task oriented team.

• The demonstration of supportive actions in association with plant-wide and departmental initiatives such as OEE/ TAU, managing diversity, safety committees, and QCDMS.


Soft Skills:

• Must be a problem solver.

• Must be able to work in a team environment.

• People skills a must.

We prohibit discrimination on the basis of  race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Basic Qualifications